The Perfect Venue
Laura and Matthew were on the lookout for an exclusive use venue with that wow factor and a tranquil countryside setting with stunning views. With their heart set on another venue, Mythe Barn was their second choice… until they went to see it! ‘We drove up the beautiful driveway and it was so quiet and peaceful,’ says Laura. ‘We parked the car, looked at each other and could tell instantly that we were both smitten!’ Mythe Barn completely won the happy couple over. ‘We loved that the barn had a modern but rustic twist with so much character,’ explains Laura. ‘Unlike other wedding barns, it was light and airy – a venue that would be beautiful no matter what the weather.’
Theme of the Day
After discussing various themes, this creative couple decided to go with the flow, choosing things they liked that worked in harmony with the look of Mythe Barn. ‘If anything, I suppose ‘us and Mythe’ was our theme,’ smiles Laura. Their choices of rustic, natural, woodland styles complemented the barn perfectly and many chosen items featured birds or hearts. Shades of lilac and lavender were a romantic choice for their March wedding.
As a graphic designer, Matt designed all the stationery which featured 1920s typography. They even had their own wedding logo!
For their civil ceremony, a bird entwined heart ornament sat on the ceremony table, with beautiful floral displays on crates at either side. Hurricane lanterns with pillar candles lined the aisle with wicker hearts hanging from the aisle chairs. ‘There were hooks around the walls from which we hung lavender hearts with eucalyptus and dried lavender,’ says Laura. ‘It really added to the rustic barn feel.’
Hessian runners adorned the tables for the wedding breakfast and tea lights tied with ribbons or twine were dotted around the room. Other decorative features included a card crate, a wishes jar and smaller floral displays in vintage metal containers.
All About the Dress
The beautiful bride chose gown 6118 from the Stella York range. ‘I fell in love with it instantly,’ she says, ‘and I knew it was the one as it made my mum cry!’ A-line with a lace, illusion sweetheart neckline, a stunning train and lace back detail, it was the dream dress. To complete the look, Laura wore a diamante bracelet and earrings, along with a Thomas Sabo diamond eternity bracelet that was a surprise gift from Matt. As for her shoes, she chose pretty Anabelle vintage embroidered court shoes from the Monsoon bridal range. Having decided against a veil, she tried one on anyway and loved it! With a sparkly tiara, the bride was ready.
As for the Groom and the Bridesmaids…
Matthew originally struggled to find a slim fit suit in the shade of grey he was looking for. Eventually, the perfect charcoal suit was found in Burton and work with lilac tie and pocket square. Laura’s four bridesmaids wore long A-line chiffon dresses in lilac with lilac clutch bags and nude flats.
‘Matt’s mum is a trained florist so we were very fortunate to have her do all our flowers and decorate the venue,’ says Laura. ‘There was no one more perfect for the job as she knew exactly what we wanted.’ The chosen flowers included calla lilies, lilac lisianthus, white anemone, white ranunculus and white ‘Avalanche’ roses along with trailing leaves, dry lavender and pussy willow. Laura’s bouquet was hand tied with hessian and ribbon featuring a small diamante flower button from her grandmother as her ‘something old and borrowed’.
In Mythe Barn, the floral ‘wow’ factor came from the beautiful display beside the ceremony table. Throughout the barn were other floral arrangements including centerpieces in wooden flower boxes. It really was a visual treat!
The Wedding Breakfast
Welcome drinks were served in the Cart Barn with a beer drum, white peach sangria and a selection of delicious hot canapés. Moving in to the Grain Store, guests were treated to a smoked bacon Scotch egg starter followed by grilled supreme of free range chicken for the main course. Pudding was simply delicious – a trio of desserts featuring triple chocolate brownie, deconstructed fruit crumble and lemon posset with shortbread. ‘Our guests are still talking about the amazing starter,’ says Laura. ‘ We are on a mission to try to re-create it at home but I don’t think we’ll ever have something that good again!’
Name That Tune
‘We were lucky enough to have George Simpson during the day,’ says Laura. ‘He sang and played acoustic guitar as guests arrived, performed selected songs during the ceremony and welcome drinks and also sang during our wedding breakfast. It really added that special touch to our day.’ For the evening party, it was time to call in the DJ, with Laura and Matthew dancing their first dance to ‘Still Falling for You’ by Ellie Goulding.
Let Them Eat Cake!
A rustic style of cake suited the theme of the day with sugar birds as a cake topper and a tree trunk cake stand. The three tiers were chocolate, lemon and blueberry and vanilla and strawberry.
As guests danced the night away, a hog roast was served. The newlyweds also had a popcorn machine and made their own sweet table with chocolate and retro sweets. ‘I love cocktails so we served a selection in the evening,’ says Laura. ‘We had Mojito, Sex on the Beach, Amaretto Slammer and Cosmo Not. They were all served in different jars and looked so good.’
Advice from the Bride
‘If you’re at all concerned about seating plans, I would recommend having a sweetheart table. It was perfect having just me and Matt on the top table and meant we also had a bit more time together. Between courses we went to each of the tables together to talk to our guests.’
Images © Ed Brown Photography